Robin Pizzo

WKAR Director of Education

Robin Pizzo leads the education outreach efforts of WKAR Public Media at Michigan State University, the PBS and NPR affiliate serving Michigan's capital region. Robin convenes partnerships and coordinates station initiatives such as WKAR Family and Ready to Learn to bring workshops, learning tools, and other resources into the community to help kids be resilient, lifelong learners.

Robin joined WKAR in January 2018.

Prior to joining WKAR, she was Director/Student Success Coach at Lansing Community College; before that, she spent many years in the K-12 educational arena in various capacities, including teaching.

Robin Pizzo has a Bachelor's degree in English Literature from Wayne State University and a Master's degree in Education from Marygrove College.
 

updated 11/2/18

According to asianpacificheritage.gov “Asian Pacific American Heritage month pays tribute to the generations of Asian and Pacific Islanders who have enriched America's history and are instrumental in its future success.” This Web portal is a collaborative project of the Library of Congress and the National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. It’s a wonderful resource for learning more and viewing exhibits and collections in both audio and video about the rich history of people from China, Japan, Korea, Indonesia, the Philippines, and Samoa; and in South Asia, includes India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Singapore, and Bhutan.

The first week in May is considered Teacher Appreciation Week. Now more than ever, teachers deserve a world of thanks for all their efforts during the pandemic.  Educators across the nation have shown tremendous fortitude, innovation, optimism and care during this difficult time. These attributes aren’t new to the teaching profession, but the pandemic has magnified how special teachers are in profound way.  

A: This is difficult because we all want COVID to go away and it’s disappointing that it is still here and affecting our normal way of life. However, communication, routines and fun memories offer great ways to encourage children to stay positive in spite of COVID. 

A: There are a bazillion ways to make math fun and the Michigan Learning Channel’s Math Mights is one of them.  Children must develop problem solving skills as a key to understanding math concepts. These skills aren’t always easy to learn but the Mathville Gang can help.

A: Hooray! Week of the Young Child® is celebrating 50 years. Joining the celebration recognizes young children and their families as precious members of the learning community. A celebration using laughter, literacy, movement, food, art and music is a great choice in reinforcing early learning success strategies.

A: The month of April is extra special as it’s recognized as Autism Awareness Month. WKAR and PBS KIDS programming feature several characters who have autism. 

 

Julia is a puppet character from Sesame Street who does things in her own special way.  Sesame Street producers have developed an autism initiative called, “See Amazing in All Children” as a positive reflection of children with autism spectrum disorder. 

A: Reading doesn’t have to stop when warm weather beckons. To keep children motivated, explore fun ways to take reading outdoors. 

A: Women are making history every day and in many ways. Unfortunately, this constant may deplete curiosity in learning about women history makers. A talk about Martians may excite learners with a renewed interest. 

A: Nothing can replace the warm cuddly feels of a good book or story time shared with a young learner. But when trying to raise a reader, all reading certainly does count.

Not only does it count but is critical in the development of a child’s concepts of print, text, information and purpose. These concepts are foundational skills that build toward reading proficiency.

A: Become a book influencer. Sharing your excitement around books can transform a small spark of interest into a buzz of electricity. 

3.48 billion people use social media around the world. Incredible, I know. Influencers use social media to create a buzz around specific topics or a distinct niche to connect with others. Creating a ‘book love buzz’ does not mean it’s necessary to access social media. However, understanding how influencers promote engagement might be key in fostering a continued interest in literature. 

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